“As Long As You’re Mine” is the obligatory love song from Wicked. As the article “Wicked’s Musical Themes”, from Stephen Schwartz’s fanpage musicalschwartz.com, pointed out, the opening chord progression to this song is the same as the opening chord progression of the show in the first song, “No One Mourns The Wicked.” But instead of being a loud, bold brass fanfare, the same progression in this song is a soft, understated piano theme. (Sorry, I wasn’t able to find sheet music for “As Long As You’re Mine” that was viewable online; for the first page of “No One Mourns The Wicked,” which has the chord progression at the beginning, click here.) In the article, Schwartz notes that Elphaba and Fiyero in this scene are in danger and have little time to spend together, and so the song starts in a minor key (the original progression is in minor as well); but it ends in a major key (lame moment of dialogue notwithstanding) to express their happiness at finally being together.

You can listen to the whole song, courtesy of iLike, here: click on the second “play” button on the left in the list (next to “As Long As You’re Mine by Stephen Schwartz”).



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    ryan fleming on 07.31.2008

    I am so glad you commented on the beginning chord porgression in this song. I am also very grateful that you posted a link to the sheet music for this progression. I say this because this is my favorite theme in the entire musical. I think that the chords and rhythm are very unique and interesting and can be used in various ways. I love that the beginning of “As Long As You’re Mine” starts out that way, and then progressions into a very beautiful piece of music. This is a great song.

    By the way, I love that you decided to take a week to blog about this musical. I have been listening to this music constantly and I really enjoy it. I really hope to see this musical some day.

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